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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 31, 2011 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Busted down on Bourbon Street

I didn't realize it was an afternoon bust. What the hey, what about, "I'd like to get some sleep before I travel ...?" That'll teach me to take songs literally. Next thing I'll find out that Terrapin isn't about a turtle.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jan 31, 2011 6:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Busted down on Bourbon Street

At the time the band wasn't riding around all comfy like in a quality bus like those used nowadays. They tended to sleep in the daytime (if you could call it sleep) until they were ushered to soundcheck. Getting busted in the middle of the day can severely interrupt a good nap to say the least.

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 31, 2011 6:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Busted down on Bourbon Street

Yeah, but that doesn't qualify as "sleep before I travel." That qualifies as "sleep before I eat dinner and play that gig." Guess it didn't scan as well.

Amazingly, I just found the original lines! Yes, folks, here were the original options:

I'd like to get some sleep before my dinner
But if you've got a warrant, I guess I'm gonna be thinner

I'd like to get some sleep before my soundcheck
But if you're got a warrant, I guess the sound will be "blech!"

Fortunately artistic license ultimately won out ...

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2011-02-01 02:56:55

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 31, 2011 7:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Busted down on Bourbon Street

Pretty good! I laughed :)

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 31, 2011 7:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Busted down on Bourbon Street

Then there was:

I'd like to get some sleep before my next gig
But if you've got a warrant sir, I think you're just the BEST pig!

As you can see, the scrupulous accuracy thing wasn't working out for Hunter at all. Just imagine the long-term trend it could have set.